A police investigation that began when a man reported that his car had been stolen Thursday night led to a second vehicle that was also taken by force, and the eventual arrest of a suspect after the second stolen car was involved in an accident.
The series of events started at about 10:30 p.m., when the first victim told police he was at 1020 Linden Street when a man later identified as Clifton Brazell, 25, got out of a car, approached him with his hands under his shirt as if he had a weapon, and drove off with the victim’s 1998 Chevrolet Celebrity.
About an hour later, police were called to West 12th Avenue and Young Street where they found the Chevrolet Celebrity in a ditch, and where Brazell had allegedly approached a woman driving a 2010 Honda and told her he needed her car.
Ramsey said Brazell pulled the woman out of her vehicle and drove away. According to police, the 71-year-old victim was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she was treated for injuries.
Brazell was arrested after he was involved in an accident at West 13th Avenue and Blake Street.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Brazell on Friday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of second-degree battery.
Bridgforth also ordered Brazell to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Brazell.